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a Success On the 4 line icon5 line iconLexington Avenue Line


This week our intensive maintenance initiative—FASTRACK—returned for the final time this year to the East Side of Manhattan as hundreds of subway maintenance workers were in tunnels and stations on the 4 line icon 5 line icon Lexington Avenue Line inspecting, repairing and servicing  components vital to a safe and sound operation.

Beginning Monday, October 28, hundreds of workers were deployed along the more than four-mile long Lexington Avenue Line as train service was suspended on the express tracks from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St on four consecutive nights.  Repair crews took full advantage of the seven-hour work window between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. to make repairs and perform maintenance activities. The section of the Lexington Avenue Line between 45 St and 100 St is on two levels. Local trains operate on the upper level and express trains operate on the lower level. The separation of the local and the express tracks gave maintenance crews a work environment that was free of trains and was also less disruptive to customers’ regular travel patterns.

Joseph Leader, Senior Vice President of Department of Subways said, “With FASTRACK our employees can do preventative maintenance, make repairs, and perform inspections and cleaning tasks in a safer work environment because they do not have to stop work to allow trains to pass through the work area.  Customers benefit from a safer, cleaner and more reliable subway system.” 

Highlights of the work completed during the Lexington Avenue Line FASTRACK:

  • Track - Generated 5,732 bags of debris, removed 54,000 pounds of scrap and debris, scraped and cleaned 33,265 linear feet of track, replaced 78 tie blocks, and installed 1,023 plates. Generated 22,150 pounds of scrap debris.

  • Third Rail Operations - Cleared 299 identified defects, scraped and cleaned 13,995 feet of track under and around the third rail.

  • Signals - Serviced and tested 56 signals and replaced five switch components.

  • Infrastructure - Repaired/replaced 40 linear feet of handrail, replaced 539 light bulbs and sealed 106 leaks.

  • Electronics Maintenance - Optimized picture on eight Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitors and eight CCTV cameras.

  • Station Environment - Replaced station light bulbs, repaired/replaced 72 square feet of floor tile and repaired 78 linear feet of rubbing board, the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Scraped 17,900 square feet of paintable station surface area, primed 13,200 square feet, and painted 7,475 square feet.

The FASTRACK project environment, introduced in 2012, experiences a significantly lower accident rate by participating employees.  During FASTRACK events last year, the Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate per 100 Employees was 1.38 versus a rate of 2.42 during all other operations.  An LTA is a job-related incident that results in the inability of an employee to perform their duties for at least one working day beyond the day of the incident.

The next FASTRACK will take place in the Bronx beginning Monday, November 4, on the Grand Concourse Line. The D line icon line will be shut down from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, November 4 to early Friday morning, November 8. There will be no train service between the 161 St-Yankee Stadium station and the 205 St station.

Be sure to check this website for complete details; posters and brochures will also be available at affected stations.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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